Computers for Schools & Libraries in Latin America
A special project with the Association of Directors of National Libraries of Latin America
Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru
Impacting 35,000 youth annually, connecting 40 rural branch libraries with 40 schools
In many countries, libraries stand alone as the only educational venue for communities to get equal access to knowledge, information and resources. Libraries - as stewards of knowledge - play an important role in giving children and their communities fresh hope at life and a better future.
In most of the developing world access to computers and Internet technologies is negligible, with supporting infrastructure spotty at best. This is true for each of these countries - where Internet usage is low - an indicator that can negatively impact sustainable development and thwart efforts to alleviate poverty.
WCE knows that equipping libraries with computers at the same time as area schools, and training teachers and librarians in how to use the Internet to improve learning via experiential, interactive, multi-country projects delivers real and sustainable results.
WCE and ABINIA
WCE is partnering with the Association of Directors of National Libraries in Latin America (ABINIA) to launch a concerted effort to increase youth access to the opportunities, skills and understanding of the Internet by establishing computer labs in libraries and area schools. Librarians and teachers will be trained on how to maximize the potential of technology for learning. Our goal is to roll out this initiative throughout Latin America.
The potential of giving access to computers and Internet technologies to engage and motivate – especially when tied to education - is limitless: Children can learn new skills, teachers can design new and previously unimaginable curricula and libraries can be a great resource for the broader community and their socioeconomic development.
This five-country initiative will:
- Build the leadership and capacity of 25 WCE Partner organizations so that they will be stronger organizations for this and future projects.
- Provide 1,000 refurbished computers installed in Internet labs in 40 branch libraries and 40 schools and a 10 million page digital library which needs no Internet connection.
- Connect 35,000 students to the opportunities, skills and understanding of the Internet.
- Train 160 technology teachers and librarians in 5 multi-day iEARN workshops in how to use the Internet to improve learning via experiential, interactive, multi-country projects.
- Send 30 volunteer eCorps tech professionals in 5 teams to spend 2 weeks visiting the participating schools and libraries in each country providing training, analysis of content needs, and technology troubleshooting support.